Want a great free case for your iPad 3 or iPad mini? Well, I’m going to give away about a dozen great iPad and iPad mini cases over the next week or so.
I just sold my iPad 3 and I’m clearing out my collection of iPad 3 and iPad mini cases as I get ready to buy the new iPad Air and Retina iPad mini. These are all pretty stellar cases and they’re all in mint and like-new condition. These include:
— Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Cover cases for the iPad and the iPad mini
— A lovely Pad & Quill Aria case for the iPad mini
— Apple Smart Covers for the iPad and iPad mini
— The excellent Case Prodigy iPad mini case
— Cases from Marware and Piel Frama and other leading vendors.
Hit the break for a sneak peek at the first case I’ll giveaway and how to win these cases for free …
My 10 year old daughter is a big iPad user. Shocker eh? She has her own iPad mini and gets great use out of it for everything from educational apps to music and games. She’s interested in tons of subjects, but art, fashion, and design are near the top of her favorites.
She always takes a big interest in iPad cases that I have for review, and it’s clear very quickly when she takes a shine to one of them. That’s what happened when I was using and reviewing the Poetic Covermate iPad mini case, and I ended up handing it down to her once I had written my review.
So when I saw the new animal-themed Poetic cases for the iPad mini, and in particular the Giraffe case, I knew she would love it. I ordered one via Amazon and it just arrived a few days ago. She is very happy with it, and I think it looks great too.
If you’re looking for stylish iPad mini cases at very reasonable prices, it’s well worth giving Poetic a look.
Your Poetic has unveiled a number of new iPad mini cases this week. Three of their new animal-themed cases have particularly caught my eye – the Lion, Giraffe, and Elephant covers shown above.
I did a review of a Poetic CovermateiPad mini case a couple of months back and was very impressed with it. Here’s a little bit of my sum-up on it:
The Poetic Covermate iPad mini Case is a very nice folio case for the iPad mini. The Tree design is extremely handsome and the other designs look good too. It’s nicely priced at the Poetic site and is a real bargain at the prices you can currently buy it for on Amazon.
My 10 year old daughter loves that case and finds it gorgeous to use on her iPad mini. I know she’ll love these animal-themed cases too – and have ordered the Giraffe one for her today.
These new cases go for $39.95 on the Poetic site, but you can also find them on Amazon for $14.95. I just searched for ‘poetic covermate iPad mini lion’ for example to find the Lion-themed one.
Here’s a new style of case for the iPad min that’s caught my eye this week: paper sleeve pulp art covers from a company called T&M. They bring some 40’s and 50’s retro flavor or, as T&M says, ‘retro futurism , science fiction and hair-raising adventure worlds’.
They’re made of cardboard and said to offer good protection as well bringing ‘color and humor to the public sphere’. I’m sure that second part is true, and I’m interested to see how good the quality and protection is with these cases.
One thing’s for sure here – I don’t think there’s a lot of danger of walking into a coffee shop with one of these on your iPad mini and then seeing somebody else with the same ‘outfit’. I imagine these would be good conversation starters, and good fun if you’re a fan of this sort of retro, pulp science fiction look.
X-Doria have announced a new collection of iPad mini cases, available exclusively in Target and via target.com.
The collection includes three case designs, those shown above:
Featuring three Target exclusive designs including the SmartStyle in Pink Herringbone and Orange Bulbs and Dash Folio Cabernet, these cases provide an aesthetically pleasing and functional design, while keeping your device protected at all times. Along with these fashionable designs for Target, the retailer will also carry a wide array of X-Doria colors and styles in the Smartstyle, SmartJacket and Dash Folio Lines.
All these cases support the iPad mini’s automatic sleep/wake feature and can serve as a stand as nearly all cases of this type can. They’re priced at $39.99 each.
I don’t feel wowed by any of these designs, but I suppose if Target is your favorite shopping spot then you may want to take a look at these new options for protecting your iPad mini.
What do you all think of these? Will you be rushing to a Target store or online site to pick one up?
A few weeks ago I posted about a $6.95 iPad mini case, and said it was one I just had to see. That case is the Poetic Covermate iPad mini Case. I ordered one on the same day I wrote that post and I’ve been using it for a couple weeks now, and of course I’ve now got some review thoughts to share on it.
The Covermate iPad mini Case is a folio style case with a polyurethane front cover and a hard poly-carbonate back cover. There are 5 different design options to choose for the cover – Rock, Urban Paint, Butterfly, Love in Paris, and Tree. The one I spotted on Amazon was the Tree pattern and I wasn’t aware of the other choices – so that’s the one I have.
The case supports the iPad mini’s automatic sleep/wake feature.
At the Poetic site it is priced at $39.95, but as of this writing you can find it at Amazon for $12.95.
The iPad mini Case Prodigy is a case + magnetic stand combo for the iPad mini, made by ZooGue. It’s the new little brother of the iPad Case Prodigy. A couple months back I did a review of the iPad Case Prodigy, case and magnetic stand from Zoogue. I had very positive impressions of the case – here’s a little slice of my sum-up on it:
The iPad Case Prodigy is an impressive and versatile iPad case. It’s solid and professional looking, offers great protection, and works very well as a stand. It seems like a good fit for business users and especially for anyone who needs a pretty sturdy case + stand combo. Everything about it feels secure and well-made.
I was certainly impressed enough with it to immediately order the new iPad mini Case Prodigy when it was released. I’ve had the case for several weeks now and have given it a lot of use. Since I now use the iPad mini a lot more than my bigger iPad, I had high hopes that I would like this case as much as I did the big brother iPad Case Prodigy.
The iPad min Case Prodigy is a folio style case for the iPad mini, but one that offers some extra features not found on a typical folio case. For starters, it uses a magnetic kickstand that supports 5 different stand angles.
It’s made of relatively thin leather (or maybe faux leather) and has soft, microfiber cloth on its interior. It supports the iPad’s automatic sleep/wake feature and offers access to all the iPad mini’s ports and buttons.
The case comes in black only right now and is priced at $49.99.
As some of you may recall, last year I did a review of the Moko Slim Fit Case for the iPad 3 – and was quite impressed with the low-priced folio case.
Because of that good impression I ordered a Moko Slim Fit Case for iPad mini as soon as I noticed they were available – hoping it would be just as good as its big brother. I’ve had the case for several weeks now, used it a lot, and can now share some thoughts on it.
The Moko Slim Fit for the iPad mini is a folio style case, similar to the Marware C.E.O. Hybrid for iPad mini – but with a few notable differences which I’ll mention below.
The case is made of PU leather on its exterior, with a microfiber interior. Here are some of its notable features:
- Automatically wake/put to sleep Your iPad Mini. Acess to all feature and control (speakers not blocked).
- Premium PU leather exterior and microfiber interior. Built-in stand with multiple angles for typing and viewing.
- Built-in hand strap improves one-handed reading/viewing. Rubber band to hold the front cover open.
- Padded front cover and plastic hardback offer enhanced protection, at front, back, and all CORNERS.
It comes in a range of colors: black, blue, green, magenta, orange, purple, red, white, carbon fiber black, and genuine leather black. Oddly, the standard black case goes for $9.99 – while all the others colors are priced between $17.99 and $24.99. I didn’t actually notice that until I was writing this post – I ordered the standard black one just because I like that color choice best for this case.
Pad & Quill are one of my favorite iPad case makers. They make some beautiful, handcrafted cases right here in the USA – like the elegant Graduate Edition for the iPad 3 that I reviewed last year.
Their latest creation for the smaller iPad is The Aria for iPad mini. Here’s a little detail on the case and some of its key feature via the P&Q site:
The Aria is constructed with American Top Grain leather, robust stitching, hand finished wood and our signature ‘bookmark’ The spine wrap cleverly disguises a crease that allows the case to prop in multiple angels!
- Top Grain American leather (The finest leather made)
- Handmade book design with robust stitching
- Multiple self propping angles for viewing
- Lightweight! Only 0.5 ounces more then the Octavo for iPad mini
- Hand finished WOOD with a gorgeous satin finish
- Protects and disguises your iPad
- Magnetic On/Off feature wakes and puts to sleep your iPad… by closing the book!
- Classic PQ ‘Bookmark’ for easy device removal
- Access to all functions on the iPad mini
Moshi’s VersaCover for iPad mini offers a stylish variation on the Smart Cover with protection for the back of the iPad thrown in.
It features a slim design and an origami folding cover that allows for various angles when using it as a stand. I’ve been a big fan of Smart Covers since the early days of using one with an iPad 2. The Smart Cover for the iPad mini is every bit as nice to have on the smaller iPad. The idea of a minimalist Smart Cover-like case with some back protection thrown in is appealing, so I decided to give the VersaCover mini a look. I’ve been using this one heavily for the last 3 weeks or so and it’s about time for a review of it.
The VersaCover is made of a soft microfiber material; there’s a casing that serves as a frame for the iPad to slot into which also protects the back of the iPad against scratches and shocks.
It comes in Aloe Green, Sakura Pink, Velvet Grey, and Denim Blue. I have the Denim Blue model.
The case is priced at $50.
The Marware C.E.O Hybrid iPad mini Case is an iPad mini version of this popular iPad case that has served previous generations of the iPad well. I have reviewed a couple of generations of this case for the bigger iPad as well as other Marware iPad cases.
I’ve always thought of the CEO Hybrid as a good, reliable and versatile iPad case. My daughter still uses one on the original iPad that was handed down to her. So how does the new CEO Hybrid iPad min Case stack up? Read on for some thoughts on that …
The CEO Hybrid is made of genuine leather, with a soft microfiber material used on the interior. It’s a folio style case that offers good coverage of front, back, and sides of the iPad – ‘97% of the device’ and durable, reinforced protection for corners according to Marware.
The case is priced at $42.99 and comes in four colors: Carbon Fiber, Black, Pink, and Purple. I have the Carbon Fiber model.